Misleading Journalism

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

Misleading Journalism

Date: 20th March 2017

I owe you all some Blogs and I have got interesting matters about which I will be writing soon but have been under the weather and also rather busy so will get down to writing later in the week.

But for now I will just blow my top about 'shoddy and misleading' journalism.  And this is the second time, to my knowledge that my photo has been used and linked to an ex-husband whom I divorced in 2002 - that's 15 years ago for heaven's sake.

Christopher Russell was the head of Astor School in Dover when I met him - now Astor Academy.  We had a relatively short lived marriage and I won't wash our dirty linen in public but suffice to say I haven't seen him since 2002 and have absolutely no wish to do so.

On Saturday the Daily Telegraph carried a story about Abuse Claims at the Duke of York's Academy and at the top of the article was a photo of myself and Mr. Russell taken a good 19 years ago.  I have absolutely no connection with him and his headship of the Academy - indeed he made another marriage after ours and I understand that she was treated in the same cavalier fashion.

It is upsetting for me to be associated with this story - by association through the photo - especially because this man had a very adverse effect on my life in all manner of ways.

You cannot trust much of what you read in newspapers or on line.  Another example was The Guardian on Line.  I'm not a Guardian reader but was asked to take part in a film about AMD (Age Related Macular Degeneration) - and willingly agreed because I thought I'd bring some hope to other sufferers. I was in Burma when this went 'live' and I was horrified to see the Heading 'I am going blind like my Father'.  I am not going blind although I do have AMD and have had for 15 years and my sight has, thank God, not been affected thus far.  I contacted the director of the film and asked him if he realised what an adverse effect this could have on any people wishing to use me for future work either in Television or in the Corporate field.  At least they did me the courtesy of changing it to 'I watched my Father go Blind' - not quite accurate but certainly more so than the original.

So whichever your political colour and whatever newspapers you take, do remember to take much of what is written with a grain of salt.

Decades ago when I was a reporter I was concerned about inaccuracy in a story I'd filmed and went to my News boss  - a man I much admired and still do.  His words to me were 'Don't bother me with the facts, I'm writing the story'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Must get on - filming 'Money for Nothing' tomorrow - I've now got to tidy the flat big time but at least a little money will go to Charity.

Promise I'll get down to the Blogs soon - had a fascinating meeting with an American who was looking up a modern day American martyr - more soon.  And I will give you the fascinating story of the Karauli Palace and the royal family who trace their ancestry back to Vishnu

Bye for now

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